Two Lessons in Prejudice

The New York Times, August 27, 2017

The Ultimate Protest Vote

The New York Times, October 29, 2016

What Iranian Identity Means to an Outsider

Time Magazine, July 27, 2015

The Reunion

The New York Times Magazine, April 26, 2015

The Name on My Coffee Cup, March 20, 2015

My Mother’s Psychotherapy—and Mine

The New York Times, October 26, 2014

Blood on the Tracts

Bookforum, June 2014

Remembering My Mother’s Obsession

The New York Times, February 2, 2014

Howard Stern, My Literary Idol

The New York Times, October 6, 2013

The Relatable Fury of the Incredible Hulk

Vulture, July 8, 2013

My Favorite Short Story

Flavorwire, May 22, 2013

How to Not Bore Your Reader

Biographile, January 2, 2013

Newtown Shooting: How My Ill Mother Took the News

WNYC, December 29, 2012

Notes from a Bystander

McSweeney’s, Issue 40, 2012

Streets of Pittsburgh

PEN America, Issue 15, 2012

My Mother and the Prisoner

Guernica, November 2011

A Commie-Pinko in Cancún

The New York Times Magazine, January 30, 2011

Boundary Errors

PEN America Journal, Issue 13, 2011

Beyond the Sea

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Silence and Wondering

Sh’ma, March 2010

Michael Jackson, Iran, and My Father

PEN America Blog, July 30, 2009

We’re Just Friends, Right?

Penguin Blog, July 29, 2009

Runaway Train

The Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2009

Affordable Pleasures

O Magazine, July 2009

Keeping it in the Family, 2009

Favorite Signatures: from Ginsberg to Sedaris

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The Afflicted

Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art, Summer 2006

The Match

Bridge, Spring 2006

When Skateboards Will Be Free

Granta, Fall 2005

My Mother and the Stranger

Open City, Summer 2003

The Art of Tipping

Mocking People Who Vote Differently Than You

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